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News   March 17, 2011   by Auto Service World

Dorman and Dayco Resolve Belt Tensioner Dispute


Dorman Products, Inc. and Dayco Products LLC have reached a negotiated business resolution over belt tensioner trademark issues.
The dispute involved the appearance of Dorman’s automatic belt tensioners and certain statements made by both Dorman and Dayco pertaining to Dorman’s automatic belt tensioners.
Under the terms of the resolution, Dorman will continue to market automatic belt tensioners, but agreed to:
• Further modify the appearance of 5 SKUs out of a product line of 36 SKUs.
• Use the registered trademark symbol any time Dorman refers to a Dayco belt tensioner part number that is registered as a trademark with the federal registry.
• With respect to Dorman’s belt tensioners only, not use the phrases “OE” or “SAE” to describe its belt tensioners as Dorman is not an OE supplier.
Also under the resolution, Dorman agreed to pay Dayco the nominal amount of $37,500.

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